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How Might Courts Rule Regarding the State’s Voter ID Law?

Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veasey v. Perry, a challenge to the Texas voter ID law. In a federal district court ruling, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled there was “compelling evidence” that Senate Bill 14, enacted in 2013, was passed with the intent to discriminate against minority […]

Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veasey v. Perry, a challenge to the Texas voter ID law. In a federal district court ruling, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled there was “compelling evidence” that Senate Bill 14, enacted in 2013, was passed with the intent to discriminate against minority voters in Texas by requiring what opponents characterize as the nation’s strictest voter ID law.

We talk about how the 5th Circuit is likely to rule, the history of voter ID laws and why a recent decision by the Supreme Court not to hear a similar case out of Wisconsin may signal that this Texas case is likely to find its way to the High Court, no matter what the 5th Circuit rules. Our guest is Josh Blackman, assistant professor of law at South Texas College of Law.

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